Various Artists

Love Songs: '80s Love Songs

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Bellevue's Love Songs series, like other releases from the label, features only a handful of original recordings per volume. Poorly recorded live versions and studio re-recordings are far more common. The label specifies which selections are live, but it does not bother to note which ones are inferior studio remakes. That alone is a case for ignoring the whole series. Among the many reasons to avoid this volume: substandard versions of Kool & the Gang's "Take My Heart," Level 42's "Love Games," the Jets' "Crush on You," Dionne Warwick's "Heartbreaker," and Ce Ce Peniston's "Finally." Tiffany's tinny re-recording of "I Think We're Alone Now" is worst of all.

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